My Dear People of God,

Much has been said about the power of Social Media/Networks recently – power that can be used to add value and bring life, and power that can be used to destroy lives, families and more. Many people engage on facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Whatsapp groups and blogs. Even our own parish communicates using these social media networks.

Where do we stand as a church and specifically as believers and members of the body of Christ at Holy Trinity Church, in regard to utilizing these social media forms?

Firstly, I believe we should see these social media/networks as wonderful opportunities for us to communicate the love of Jesus and bring encouragement to people everywhere. In saying this, I believe we need to be aware that social media/networks are in the public arena and that whenever and wherever we engage and communicate via these social media/network forms, we need to be conscious that we are representing Jesus and indeed the Body of Christ, where we are members.

Secondly, I believe, that we need to be intentional about making Jesus known – in all our responses, comments and any input that we give. In other words, what would our comments, reactions and views (which we express) communicate about the Lord Jesus, whose name we bear, and the part of the Body of the Christ, to which we belong? We never cease to be ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5:20) and we never want an unbeliever or even a new convert, to be discouraged in their faith, because of what we say and the views we express, that appear in conflict with the Word of God (1 Cor 10:23-33).

Thirdly, I believe, we should err on the side of caution, when utilizing these social media forms – especially when one sees how easily words are misunderstood and misinterpreted. What I am saying here, is that we should keep our comments and communication simple and brief, so as not to give anyone an opportunity to speak evil of the good we intend (1 Peter 3:13-16).

Fourthly, I believe we should refrain from comments, views, reactions that are  negative, critical and judgemental – especially in relation to those in leadership over us (nationally, locally, workplaces). Rather let us use these public spaces created by the social media forms to build up, to affirm, to speak life and to speak blessing (1 Peter 3:8-9). We would do well to avoid language and jokes that are mocking of others and that are coarse and vulgar and that are discriminatory in nature.

Finally, I believe, that a good check for us in all our engaging via social media forms is this: is what we are saying and doing done with gentleness and respect and can we keep a clear conscience in what we are saying and doing (1 Peter 3:15-16)?

May the Lord Jesus bless you as you seek to use these powerful media forms for His honour and glory.

David